GOLFERS ELBOW

WHAT IS GOLFERS ELBOW?

Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) affects the inside of the elbow. Golfers elbow is common in throwers and golfers hence the ‘nickname’. Also known as flexor / pronator tendinopathy this elbow pain can also be seen in tennis players who use a lot of top spin on their forehand shots.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GOLFERS ELBOW:
  • Pain on the bony prominence on the inside of the
    elbow
  • Weakness of the wrist
  • Pain on the inside of the elbow when you grip something
    hard
  • Pain when wrist flexion (bending the wrist palm
    downwards) is resisted
  • Pain on resisted wrist pronation – rotating inwards
    (thumb downwards)

TENNIS ELBOW

WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW?

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a very common injury that originally got its name because it is a frequent injury seen in tennis players. Nevertheless it commonly manifests in a vast proportion of people who do not play tennis at all.

HOW DOES TENNIS ELBOW OCCUR?

Tennis elbow is an over use of the extensor muscles of the wrist which results in inflammation of the tendon and disturbance to the attachment of the tendon to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus (upper arm) bone.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GOLFERS ELBOW:
  • Pain approximately 1-2 cm down from the bony area at the outside
    of the elbow (lateral epicondyle)
  • Weakness of the wrist with difficulty doing simple
    tasks such as opening door handles, shaking hands
    with someone or holding a kettle.
  • Pain on the outside of the elbow when the hand is
    bent backwards (extended) at the wrist against a resistance
  • Pain on the outside of the elbow when straightening
    the fingers against resistance
  • Pain when pressing just below the lateral epicondyle
    on the outside of the elbow

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